Herd Health - 2022 Biosecurity Results
Kirk Farms tests our herd for for CAE, CL, Johnes, Brucellosis & Q-Fever. All results are posted here for the current year.
We believe in only keeping the healthiest and most well-cared for animals on our farm.
We have always tested negative for the 5 major diseases carried and transmitted by goats.
We test for these diseases as they are degenerative and contagious. Some are even zoonotic meaning other species including humans can also be infected. It is of the upmost importance to disease test your herd, especially if you welcome farm visitors or attend shows where transmissibility is high.
Kirk Farms Dairy Goat Nutrition
Here's some insight into our feed regimen for our goats. It's helpful to know what the requirements are for proper goat health and nutrition. We have sought out a nutritionist to help aid us in what would work best for us so we thought we would share!
**Disclaimer - Our nutrition program is designed to meet our particular farm's needs based on nutritional information gathered from our water supply, forage, as well as all minerals and grain. Our program works well for us, however, may not work for you. It is your responsibility to consult a feed representative and livestock veterinarian with any questions you may have as well as sample hay & water to get the most accurate nutrition and mineral levels for management. **
Our goal is to meet the nutritional needs of the herd by providing a balanced diet as recommended by our Kalmbach nutritionist, Hattie Hartschuch.
Free-choice 3rd or 4th cut alfalfa hay and/or free-choice orchard grass-blend hay is available at all times. Additionally, free choice goat minerals and free choice sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) will be provided at all stalls, at all times.
We strive to provide the best home-grown alfalfa hay available. Whenever possible, we prioritize feeding our early to mid-bloom cuttings to our animals.